Oh, gawd! So I have another bad TV addiction, and they call it Dancing with the Stars. Why they call it that I’ll never know, since said “stars” include third string reality TV-ers like The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Audrina from The Hills, but I digress…
I was just channel surfing one night a few weeks ago when I randomly stopped to watch. I swear it was like when Britney had her breakdown and shaved her head. I desperately wanted to look away but couldn’t. The show had me by the eyeballs and would not let go!
Maybe it was the sparkly costumes or the pyrotechnic displays (seriously, on stage fire is like the oldest trick in the “you gotta watch this!” book), but now I’m hooked. And who knew that Jennifer Grey would still be such a kick @ss dancer after all these years, or that 6’8″ Rick Fox would have to work on pointing his toes?
Last night’s episode had a rock n’ roll theme, which means flames, a weird appearance by Bret Michels and his blonder than blond weave, and an awkward pasodoble danced by former NFL champ Kurt Warner (El Hub is totally rooting for him!).
None of it really rocked and rolled to me, but the Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Eye Palette ($45), on the other hand — that’s another story. Now THAT to me is ROCK. N. FRICKIN’. ROLL!
This limited edition studded eyeshadow palette from the Rock For Ever Holiday 2010 Collection could probably pass for jewelry, yet it’s so much more! It comes with four shadows designed for sultry, sexy smokey eyes.
The soft, pigmented shadows blend together seamlessly and remind me of the Stila shadows in the Backstage Eye Palette in how fluffy they are. I think these, however, perform better. They aren’t as apt to migrate, last throughout the day and don’t look as heavy on the lids.
- 307: Make Up For Ever didn’t skimp on the glitter in this smokey black shadow. It’s filled to the brim! And they didn’t hold back on pigment, either — a welcome change after all of the sheer glittery shadows that’ve popped up over the last year from Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown. Yet despite the glitter and pigment, there’s very little fallout with this; it’s absolutely my favorite color in the quad.
- 306: Including this shimmery peachy tan was a smart move because I think it brings some warmth to the quad that was lacking among many of the smokey eye palettes out there now. Wear it in the crease to enhance contrast and depth.
- 82: I think my skin brings out the blue tones in silver shades, so this shimmery silver/gray may not look as blue on lighter lovelies.
- 07: Wearing this shimmery white at the inner corners of the eyes is like a double shot of espresso (makes me look wide awake)!
The peachy shades in both could definitely pass for cousins, but I think the one in Rock For Ever looks peachier than the more golden Leopard Luxe. Beyond that, though, I think the rest of the shades stand on their own, and the ones in Leopard Luxe seem warmer to me, with a lot of brown, than Rock For Ever’s cooler colors (with the exception of 306).
MAC Leopard Luxe Quad (left) and Rock For Ever (right)
MAC Leopard Luxe swatches
Rock For Ever Swatches from left: 307, 306, 82, 07
With Rock For Ever, I think you get a beautiful smokey eye palette with some of the most cooperative shadows I’ve seen in a long time (easy to blend, long lasting). The $45 price roughly breaks down to $11 per 0.08-oz. pan (which compares favorably to a 0.05-oz. MAC shadow single for $14.50). And here you get the studly (ha ha) limited packaging, too!
Can you tell I’m in love?
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,